Thing to do: Friday, Dec. 21


    Nia instructor Rachael R. Resch facilitates the annual “Here Comes The Sun: Nia Winter Solstice Celebration” with dance and movement from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St. No. 10, Ashland. Admission is $15 and no movement or dance experience is necessary. Call 541-301-3493 or see rachaelresch.com. Photo by Jeff Stewart / Nia Technique, Inc.

    Jacksonville Carvers: The club meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays for carving and coffee at the Jacksonville library, 340 West C St. Admission is free. Call 541-899-5571.

    Book Nook Sale: A book sale is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Friday at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Look for new or gently used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds help fund programs, activities and library collections. Call 541-878-2270 or see jcls.org.

    Color Happy Fridays: Coloring sessions for adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Book Sale: Book sales are held from 1 to 4 p.m. the third Friday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Prices are by donation. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Dinner: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 will host a beef pot roast dinner with a variety of sides and desserts from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at American Legion Post 15, 100 E. Jackson St., Medford. Admission is $10, $5 for children. Bring a new unwrapped toy or nonperishable food to donate to veterans in need during the holiday season. Call 541-601-9241.

    Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will hold a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Morrtons, 980 N. Phoenix Road, #105, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

    Third Friday Artist Reception: A reception for artist Amy Godard will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Author Peggy Dover will offer a book signing from 5 to 7 p.m., and Pat O’Scannell and the ‘More Fools Than Wise’ madrigal group will sing Christmas carols at 5:30 pm. Godard’s exhibit of woodcuts and screenprints, titled “Awake, Dreaming in the Garden,” will be displayed through Jan. 11. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

    Solstice Celebration: Kick off the longest night of the year with a Solstice Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dece. 21, in the alley next to the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Nourie’s Bike Academy will present a BMX bike demo at 5 p.m. (weather permitting). Jay Golden, local storyteller, storytelling coach, and founder of Retellable will delight young and old with his energetic and interactive solstice stories at 6 p.m. Dos Hermanos taco truck, fire pits and warm drinks will be available. See northwestnatureshop.com/events or call 541-482-3241.

    Southern Oregon Social Singles: Southern Oregon Social Singles, a social group for single, divorced, widowed, separated or never married singles ages 50-70, will host a meet-and-greet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Friday of every month in the sports lounge at Lava Lanes, 2980 Crater Lake Highway, Medford. Admission is free. See meetup.com/southern-oregon-singles.

    Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners necessary. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.

    West Coast Swing: Swing dances are held from 8 to 11 p.m. the third Friday of each month through December at Jazzercise Studio, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite O and P, at The Shoppes at Exit 24, Phoenix. Beginners’ instruction is at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for instruction and dance or $10 for dance only. High school students get in for half price with student ID. See soswingdance.com or call 541-324-7981.

    Saturday, Dec. 22

    Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.

    Winter Solstice Dance: Nia instructor Rachael R. Resch will facilitate the annual “Here Comes The Sun: Nia Winter Solstice Celebration” with dance and movement from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St. No. 10, Ashland. Admission is $15 and no previous movement or dance experience is necessary. Call 541-301-3493 or see rachaelresch.com.

    Beekman House Christmas Tour: See how Christmas was celebrated in the late 1800s and learn about holiday tradition origins during guided tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5, $3 for senior citizens and students. On Wednesday, Dec. 26, tour admission is $2 with a canned food donation for ACCESS. Visitors who pay regular admission will have the difference donated to ACCESS. Call 541-245-3650 or email info@historicjacksonville.org.

    Lego Builder Time: Children ages 4 through 12 can build with Legos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Lego Duplo brinks will be provided for younger children. Call 541-899-7438 or see jcls.org.

    Historic Bank Tour: Step behind the counter of the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Beekman Bank Museum, 110 W. California St, Jacksonville. See the gold scales, look in the teller drawers and walk into the vault while costumed docents share stories about the bank’s founder, pioneer life and 19th-century banking practices. A $3 donation is suggested. Call 541-245-3650 or email at info@historicjacksonville.org.

    Bilingual Story Time: A combined English and Spanish story time is held at noon Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Call 541-864-8880 or see jcls.org.

    Woodcarvers Club: Woodcarvers offer instruction from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. The first visit is free, then club dues are $5 a month. Call 541-944-4535 or see centralpointwoodcarvers.com.

    Game Club: Play Scrabble, chess or cribbage for free from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.

    Movie Matinee: Family-friendly films are shown from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Free popcorn is served. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Wii Teens: Kids 11 and older can play a Wii video games from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Children’s Christmas Party: Mrs. Claus will visit with children at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Mrs. Claus will also share stories, treats, and crafts. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.

    Teen Crafternoon: Teens and pre-teens can make a snow globe and color holiday cards and tags at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Cookie Party: Frost and sprinkle Christmas sugar or gingerbread cookies from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. See jcls.org or call 541-899-7438.

    Community Christmas Party: The Phoenix Clubhouse will host its second annual community Christmas party from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the clubhouse, 310 N. Main St., Phoenix. Listen to Christmas stories, sing carols, create cards, ornaments and other crafts and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and festive dress is encouraged. Admission is free. Donations of new or clean socks, clothing and blankets will be appreciated. Call 541-292-8532 or email thephoenixoregon@gmail.com.

    Library Tour: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will offer free tours of its research archive library from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the library, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. The collection includes the original 1883 Medford town plan, the Pinto Colvig (Bozo the Clown) papers, and the Peter Britt collection of 5000 glass plate negatives and prints, along with thousands of original newspapers, maps and photographs. Following the tour, visitors can stay and ask questions, conduct research, or ask library volunteers to retrieve particular documents, photos or files. Regular library hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 541-773-6536.

    Star Promenaders: The club hosts A-1 and A-2 dancing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Pre-rounds are from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and plus dancing is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Square-dance attire is appreciated. Bring finger food to share. Suggested donation is $4. Call 541-855-7884.

    Sunday, Dec. 23

    Ice Skating: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be open every day through Feb. 18, weather permitting. Skate rentals, snacks and hot drinks are available. Call 541-488-9189 or see ashland.or.us/icerink for schedule and admission information.

    Community Chant: Explore chants from various global traditions at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St. No singing experience necessary. Admission by donation. Call 707-382-8641.

    Monday, Dec. 24

    Schneider Museum of Art: “Terrain: The Space Between,” from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, featuring work by Vija Celmins, Judy Pfaff and Ed Ruscha in the Entry Gallery, along with Patrick Collier’s work “Field Burns” in the Main Gallery, and works by Susan Murrell and Carl Diehl, “Outland About,” in the Heiter and Treehaven galleries, will be displayed through Jan. 5 at the Schneider Museum of Art, 555 Indiana St., at Southern Oregon University. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-6245.

    Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at branches of Jackson County libraries. See jcls.org.

    Color Mondays: Coloring sessions for adults will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-744-6996 or see jcls.org.

    Stitchers of All Kinds: Bring needle-craft supplies and participate in embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, quilting, knitting, crocheting and more at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Call 541-864-8850 or see jcls.org.

    Kid Time!: Kids in elementary school and younger can explore interactive exhibits and learn about the history of Oregon, construction and engineering, water systems and more at Kid Time! 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $10 for kids. Call 541-772-9922 or see kid-time.org.

    Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for ages 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission is $2. Call 541-488-5342.

    Movie Classics: Classic films will be shown at 1 p.m. Mondays at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Homework Hub: Children 5 through 12 who need help with homework, studying and comprehension can drop in and work with small groups and experienced tutors from 3 to 5 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Admission is free, and one-on-one sessions are available with advanced scheduling. Call 541-774-8678.

    Pub Trivia: Family-friendly games of trivia are available from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. Participation is free, and there are prizes for winning teams. Call 541-779-4455.

    Clog Dances: Dance with the Misty Mountain Cloggers at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Southern Oregon Performing Arts Center, 930 Summit Ave., Medford. Instruction is available. Admission is $8. Call 541-772-1431.

    The Ashland Country Dancers: English and Scottish country dancing will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays in the Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. These community dance forms inspired square and contra dances. Instruction is available and no partner is necessary. Admission is $4.

    Tuesday, Dec. 25

    Merry Christmas!

    Wednesday, Dec. 26

    Jacksonville Museum Quilters: The group meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. Call 541-941-2463.

    Hands-All-Around Quilters: Work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-482-4692.

    Open House at Hanley Farm: Take a step back in time as costumed docents guide you through the Hanley home and bring history to life with holiday tales and stories about Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Hanley family and farm. The historic farmhouse will be decorated and open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Admission is $5, $3 for SOHS members children 12 and younger. The last tour will be given at 2:50 p.m. For reservations see sohs.org/holiday. Call 541-608-0171 or email at moore.tam@gmail.com.

    Beekman House Christmas Tour: Learn the origins of Boxing Day and how Christmas was celebrated in the late 1800s during guided tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Victorian costumed docents will share many popular Christmas traditions and observances along with stories of Beekman family holiday festivities. Tours last approximately one hour and begin every 15 minutes. No reservations are required. Admission is $2 with a canned food donation for ACCESS. Visitors who pay regular admission — $5 — will have the difference donated to ACCESS. Call 541-245-3650 or email info@historicjacksonville.org.

    Lunchtime Movies: Free movies are shown from noon to 2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Refreshments are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Origami: Children can practice the art of Japanese paper folding, or origami, at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Materials and instruction are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

    Afternoon Movies: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Free refreshments are available. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.

    Yarnia: A knitting and crochet group for all ages meets at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Materials and instruction are provided or you can bring your own supplies. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

    Movies and Popcorn: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.

    Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group: The book group discusses mysteries and welcomes new readers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.

    Ballet Barre: Dance with the Medford Civic Ballet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Dance Arts Center, 9 Hawthorne St., Medford. Instruction is available. Admission is $8. Call 541-772-1362.

    Book Club: A book group meets at 6 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the White City library, 3143 Ave. C. Read the books, then join in the discussions. Call 541-864-8880 or see jcls.org.

    Trivia Night: Howiee’s on Front hosts trivia games from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 16 N. Front St., Medford. Call 541-773-5767.

    Thursday, Dec. 27

    Line Dancing: Jeannette Bournival leads line dancing Thursdays at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St. Beginners meet at 1 p.m. and intermediate dancers meet at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $3. No partners necessary. Call 541-857-6819 or see jbournival.wordpress.com.

    Spanish Conversation: English speakers learning Spanish can attend free conversationals from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-744-6996.

    Comedy Improv Sessions: Mighty Medford Improv-ers host free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The sessions are led by Thomas Hartmann, new to the Rogue Valley from Chicago, where he trained with Second City. All levels of experience are welcome. Email forinfoman44@gmail.com for information.

    Men’s Barbershop Singing: Men interested in singing four-part harmonies can meet with the Rogue Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Society from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. See rvhsings.com or call 541-840-2055.

    Dart Tournament: Dart matches for skilled and novice players start at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry is $5, and the pub will match the pot up to $50. Call 541-482-6414.

    Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts free trivia games from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.

    Game Knights: No matter what kind of “knight” you are, there is a board game to play at 8 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. All ages welcome until 11 p.m. Call 541-482-6414.

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